Family Violence Prevention

The Victorian Government aims to lead nationally in preventing family violence.

We are committed to ensuring that every Victorian has the right to live a safe and meaningful life.

Our prevention approach aims to reach all Victorians where they live, work, learn and play.

We invest in evidence-based prevention projects that are both universal and targeted and reach a range of settings.

We work with the family violence sector, key experts, local government, women's health organisations, and other advocacy and advisory bodies to build a society based on equality and respect.

Ending Family Violence: Victoria’s Plan for Change  outlines how we will deliver these recommendations and build a future where all Victorians live free from family violence, and where women and men are treated equally and respectfully.

The Plan was recommended by the Royal Commission. It is focused on outcomes. It makes clear our resolute determination to end the murders and keep our children safe, to support victim survivors and stop them falling into homelessness, to build strong and resilient families, and ensure perpetrators are held to account and are brought to justice if they reoffend.

A new Primary Prevention Strategy is also being developed and is due for release in March 2017.

Support services

If you, or someone you know, is experiencing family violence help is available. In an emergency call 000.

Safe Steps

1800 015 188

For confidential support and information call Safe Steps 1800 015 188 family violence response line 24/7.

Men's Referral Service (MRS)

1300 766 491

MRS provides anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information and referrals to men to help them to take action to stop using violent and controlling behaviour.